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From The CriticsThis deceptively straightforward tale of a motherless woman who abandons her husband and two daughters to pursue a career in dance is told simply and without pretense. Talented Lin Lhomond faces an eternal dilemma: Is it wise to abandon family for art? Is creative freedom worth the sacrifice and pain it causes loved ones? Unfortunately, the book never answers the questions. Instead, it dances between childlike wish fulfillment and angst. With fluid ease, Lin becomes a world-famous artist. Her husband marries her best friend, but they both continue loving her. Her children adjust—sort of: One obsesses about the Holocaust; the other becomes an unwed mother. And when Lin winds up lame and cannot dance, thanks to a botched operation, the reader is left wondering if she made the right decision, and how losing her mother may have influenced her path. Huston deserves bravos for her portrayal of how motherhood devours the mother, yet the novel often lacks adequate exploration and needs further probing. Despite its strong beginning, it emerges as a sketch for a deeper dance, lacking a brilliant finale.